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Why do I feel so depressed before my period?

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Why do I feel so depressed before my period?
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November 18th, 2015 5:57pm
Hormones are at a peak usually a couple of days up to a week before your period. The reason why you're depressed could be because of your general feelings towards having your period whether it's because of cramps, how long you have it or just disliking it in general. There's also a biological factor as I said before of your hormones being more active than usual as your body goes through a cleansing cycle. It's normal to go through mood swings leading up to your period as well. I go through the same thing and become angry, withdrawn and can't find the good in anything. A part of it is because I hate getting my period because of how intense my cramps get and I don't want to deal with it although I do like getting my period because it means I'm not pregnant. It could all be your mindset. Next time you get your period, try to be "ok" with it. Accept that it's coming and don't let it get you down and see if anything changes.
November 19th, 2015 12:19am
Hormone changes occur during this time before periods, Sometimes it may be useful to notice the feelings you are having and keep a diary, You may notice a timeframe that these feelings occur more, its ok to take time to yourself and do things that show self-care and love.
November 19th, 2015 8:15pm
Hormones usually affect our normal behavior, so we may feel depressed and not having much hunger. It's very usual, but everything is going to be alright.
November 19th, 2015 11:35pm
On one hand in body everything is opening to enable to blood comes out so as body so the soul. Lots of our emotional hidden feeling flow out as well and that makes us to have less power to resist that we actually feel them. it is the best way when to deal with shadows and face the issues. Accept the time to work on our self and make best of it. In a very far past womans what had period get away from group to spend time alone. Do not get angry on it - sink in.
November 20th, 2015 6:58pm
I have little experience with this personally, but I know many who suffer from depression at the end of their cycle, as you do. Hormones play a part, but more so, the social stigma associated with femininity and female bodies may be a factor. We are taught to hide our menstruation, to be ashamed of it, to be repulsed by it. Don't let these toxic messages take up room in your head.
November 20th, 2015 7:57pm
Your body is going through changes. Hormones are every which way. If its extremely I would talk to my family Dr.
November 21st, 2015 8:20pm
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when, or shortly after, her period begins.
November 22nd, 2015 12:45pm
It is the scientifically proven that , its the one of the symptom that ur on the phase of period, so it is natural ,
November 25th, 2015 3:09am
I'm a male so I don't have periods. If you mean period to be defined as the monthly shading of the uterine wall for reproduction... you should ask this question to women only.
November 25th, 2015 11:48am
It's normal, don't worry. A part of you it's changed, Maybe you feel depression because your body it's growing up.
November 26th, 2015 2:44am
About a week before your period you have this thing called PMSing. It is when you are very moody and just not yourself.
November 27th, 2015 5:02am
its probably just hormones, its completely normal. most girls feel really bad before their period.
November 27th, 2015 5:29am
Hormone changes. That's all I can give ya. I mean when your on your period your hormones are out of wack.
November 27th, 2015 11:33pm
PMS can affect your mood. If you're feeling dangerously depressed, though, you may have some mental or emotional complications
November 28th, 2015 6:47am
It's probably the work of PMS, which stands for Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. While you're going through this, you might experience a variety of emotions, usually to do with anger, frustration, sadness and irritability. For some females, this might be extreme, while for others, it isn't.
November 29th, 2015 5:58am
its a gigantic hormonal change. In fact many women feel depressed before/after that time of the month.
November 29th, 2015 3:56pm
It has a lot to do with your levels of oestrogen and progesterone (hormones) going crazy, I found this webpage that gives some good methods of balancing these hormones out, they seem to work for me, best of luck
December 2nd, 2015 12:38am
When that time of the month is approaching, a girl's body's hormones start acting up and can affect the brain chemicals that cause us to feel low.
December 2nd, 2015 3:27pm
the feeling of depression before your cycle is probably the overflow of hormones that are making you emotional. this normally passes, if not, seek medical advice
December 3rd, 2015 4:32pm
I feel depressed before my period because my hormones are going crazy which makes me feel more emotional than usual.
December 4th, 2015 3:46am
That is incredibly normal as periods messes up your hormonal levels which has a huge impact on your emotions.
December 4th, 2015 12:16pm
It's normal. Your hormones get imbalanced. It's known as PMS: Premenstrual Syndrome. Some people get upset, some cry without any reason while some get irritated and frustrated. Some feel a mix of all.
December 5th, 2015 11:41am
This can usually just be because of your hormones but sometimes, you dread your period and everything about it that mixed with your hormones it just makes you feel upset and dreading the whole thing!
December 5th, 2015 11:55pm
Ugh. Congratulations on recognising that a visit from the red lady often brings with her some emotional drama! The female cycle is driven by hormones, so at that time of the month, we can be more sensitive to emotions than at other times. The trick is to be able to rationalise the way you feel at this time as being a physiological phenomena rather than the end of the world... You need to be able to convince yourself that there's a physical explanation for your feelings... And then distance yourself from the grip of your emotions. It helps to be in tune with your feelings at different points of your cycle, and to notice how your energy and moods change. Be kind to yourself - this is the perfect time for self indulgence and relaxation - and you'll get through it to the other side!!!
December 6th, 2015 12:48pm
Your hormones are all over the place before your period, this causes mood swings which causes the depression.
December 6th, 2015 10:46pm
Its all to do with hormones. Don't worry to much its completely natural and your just have a mood swing.
December 28th, 2015 9:03pm
probably moodswings, don't worry give it sometime, every body gets them
January 5th, 2016 10:47am
Feeling low before period os normal due to the hormonal changes happening in the hody. Its always better we understand this fact and accept it... it helps a lot in dealing with the situation.
January 12th, 2016 9:59am
Hormones.. .! These nasty little things that can mess everything up... Before the peroid starts theres a big "hormone-confusion" inside the body... which can lead the brain to overeact in any case
January 14th, 2016 12:15am
It's PMS (Pre-menstrual syndrome). It's before your period and it makes you act all wonky. It can be difficult to overcome also, because it comes every month or so.